Spring 2003: Mark Doty
Spring 2002: Sharon Bridgforth and Luz Guerra
Spring 2001: John O'Neal
Spring 2000: Cheryl Dunye
Spring 1999: Ping Chong, Performance Artist
Past Calendars of Events
Over the past several years, lectures have focused on the politics of welfare reform; issues of race, ethnicity and sexuality; and citizenship and cultural politics, from the notion of the Asian immigrant as citizen, to the legal and civil rights of lesbians and gays, to the impact of a changing citizenry on the curriculum.
2004-2005 Series: Class in Context: Explorations of the Intersections of Class, Race, Gender, Sexuality and Nationality
2003-2004 Series: Technology, Science and Democracy: What's at Stake?
2002-2003 Series: Masculinities
2001-2002 Series: The Body in Question
2000 - 2001 Series: Southern Accents: Representation and Resistance through the Arts
1999 - 2000 Series: Educating for Democracy
1998 - 1999 Series: The Battle Against Breast Cancer: Who's In Charge
1997 - 1998 Interdisciplinary Series on Race and Sexuality
1996 - 1997 Series: Citizen and Cultural Politics
Urban Service Experience (USE) Program
From January 10 through January 13, 2001 eleven Hamilton College students and thirteen members of the faculty and administration participated in the Kirkland Project's first Urban Service Experience (USE) in Utica, New York. From their base in a church in downtown Utica, participants volunteered with community agencies, learned about the social and economic history of Utica, toured a variety of service organizations, and became acquainted with one another. Organized by a committee of faculty members and lead by Vivyan C. Adair, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, Jeffrey H. McArn, College Chaplain, and Nancy S. Rabinowitz, Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Kirkland Project, this program allowed the participants to bond as a group and make connections between their academic interests and the needs of the local community. Funding for this pilot program came from the Kirkland Project and the Office of the President.
USE was repeated in January 2002. Participating in a similar schedule of events, a group of College students, faculty members and administrators experienced a successful long weekend. Encouraged by the success of the program, organizers offered a similar experience to incoming students as a pre-orientation option prior to the start of the fall 2002 term
The USE program is now an on-going program, offered in January and August of each year.
Journal Writing Program for Middle School Girls:
In the fall of 2001, with support from the Kirkland Project and the Women's Fund of the Community Foundation, Jessica Ambrose '02 began a program for adolescent girls that centered on journal writing and discussion as outlets for thinking about identity formation.
During the fall semester, I started groups in four area schools including Waterville, Westmoreland, New Hartford, and Donovan in Utica. After training seven Hamilton women students to act as facilitators, they went into the schools and began groups with approximately fifty seventh grade girls. The girls, on the whole, enjoyed the project and returned week after week. The main goals of the program are to foster confidence, teamwork, communication, and a positive sense of body image through thinking, talking, and writing about the critical issues that face girls during adolescence. Through positive feedback from the girls, it seems as if the program has been a success so far.
Discussion topics included parents, body image, race, and media images, all topics that allowed the girls to further explore their own identity formation. The culmination was a day long conference in November at Hamilton College whose theme was: Girls Speak Out: Conference on Individualism and Group Identity. The day was full of group activities, artwork, a campus tour, group conferences on the issues that girls face in the new millennium, and a speaker. The goal of the conference was to empower the girls and to expose them to girls at other schools in the area.
For the spring semester, we have now added Clinton and Vernon-Verona Sherrill to the program. Only one of the original facilitators returned, but seven others will be trained to run the groups at various schools. We aim to get started in the schools by the end of February and will add a few more topics to the program. In addition, a spring mother-daughter conference is in the works. This conference will bring girls and their mothers together to learn different communication techniques as well as separate the two groups for informative panel discussions. With this in sight it looks like it's going to be a fulfilling and exciting semester. I am thrilled at the success of this program and look forward to what lies ahead.
The Kirkland Project invited Jessica back to campus in October 2002 to train Hamilton women students to be leaders of Journal Writing programs in local schools during the 2002-03 school year. This program continued in the 2003-2004 school year.
Brown Bag Lunch Series:
Specifically aimed at supporting faculty research, this series draws speakers from disciplines across the curriculum. Groups ranging from 20-30 professors, staff members and students attend talks where faculty members present their scholarly work. Students and faculty members also have the opportunity to discuss classroom dynamics.
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